Region: North East & Yorkshire
A giant dinosaur, knitting sheep and special boards displaying community art are just a few of the sights that will greet you at the marvellous Phoenix Park. Providing something for everyone, the park is ideal for walking, cycling or simply keeping the kids entertained.
The innovative structures and iconic art features are part of a sculpture park which was designed by the local community with assistance from Groundwork Dearne Valley.
As you leave the flat area near the car park and walk upwards towards the top of the woodland you reach a wilder area with flourishing trees and fantastic wildlife. Brown hares can often be seen and birds of prey are a common sight, while the summit has views towards the Peak District.
This makes the park ideal for walking, cycling or keeping the kids entertained – Phoenix Park has something for everyone.
Thurnscoe, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S63 0BD
Site size: 66 hectares
Open all year round
An extensive network of footpaths comprised mainly of non-bonded crushed material. Most are in excess of 2.5 metres wide, but there are narrower trails through wooded areas which are unsurfaced. Paths vary in gradient from flat to 1:10 or steeper. There are a limited number of seating areas at varied intervals throughout the woodland, most in excess of 500m apart. Access onto site is through access control barriers which permit motorised buggies.
Walking, cycling, horse riding, climbing wall, carved animals
Old Moor RSPB, Brodsworth Hall, Elescar Heritage Centre
Phoenix Park is a popular woodland park created where the Hickleton Colliery once stood. After the colliery closed in the 1990s, the derelict and contaminated site was remediated by the regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward with funds from the Homes and Communities Agency’s National Coalfield Programme.
The Land Trust provided a sustainable and cost effective exit for the landowner, protects the money invested in restoring the land, and covers environmental liability associated with the site past history.
To contact the Land Trust about this site or how we could help manage your space please email our Estates Manager Ian Kendall or call 07786 748985
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